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Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir (udgave 2020)

af Rebecca Solnit (Forfatter)

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"In this memoir, celebrated author, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit relates how she found her voice as a writer and as a feminist during the 1980s in San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. Then in her early twenties, Solnit tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city, which became her great teacher; of the small apartment she found, which became a home in which to metamorphosize; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. Solnit explores the way some men attempted to erase her, to shut her up, keep her out and challenge her credibility, as well as contemplating other kinds of nonexistence of groups for gender, ethnicity, and orientation. Her book ends with what liberated her as a person and as a writer--books themselves, the gay men and community who presented a new model of what else gender, family, and celebration could be, and her awakening to the spacious landscapes of the American west, which taught her how to write in the way she has ever since. Recollections of My Nonexistence connects Solnit's hugely popular polemical feminist writings of the last decade with the more lyrical, personal writing of her beloved earlier books A Field Guide to Getting Lost and The Faraway Nearby. This book is for everyone who has endured erasure and dismissal while coming of age in male-dominated spaces"--… (mere)
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Titel:Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir
Forfattere:Rebecca Solnit (Forfatter)
Info:Viking (2020), Edition: Illustrated, 256 pages
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Nøgleord:female-author, memoir-autobiography, uncategorised, to-read

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“And so there I was where so many young women were, trying to locate ourselves somewhere between being disdained or shut out for being unattractive and being menaced or resented for being attractive, to hover between two zones of punishment in space that was itself so thin that perhaps it never existed, trying to find some impossible balance of being desirable to those we desired and being safe from those we did not.”

“When I read, I ceased to be myself, and this nonexistence I pursued and devoured like a drug”

“Men’s bodies are weapons and women’s bodies are targets and queer bodies are hated for blurring the distinction or rejecting the metaphors.”

Men are scum. After reading books like this and watching current events, where this is played out every moment of every day, this is the only conclusion I can have. Yes, I am a male in America but I have try to be respectful and considerate toward the opposite sex. Probably not perfect but I do try. I love Solnit's writing. She pulls no punches and describing her experiences, as a young woman establishing her self in a male-dominated world, where many of her female friends had been sexually assaulted, or demeaned or ignored, is quite eye-opening. An important book. ( )
  msf59 | Jun 13, 2021 |
I listened to half of this on a road journey. The prose was poetic and the chief topic revolved around violence and women. I was drawn in by Solnit's ode to a bygone era of San Franciso and carving out a life on her own within it. Solnit reads the audiobook and her voice suits the story. ( )
  Okies | Mar 8, 2021 |
Solnit isn’t interested in childhood, though she indicates that hers was violent and unhappy; she writes about becoming an adult and learning to find her voice in a world often desirous of extinguishing and punishing female voices. Because of her interiority, it’s rarely about other people except insofar as they impinged on her consciousness, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. I’m not a big fan of most memoirs and this didn’t stand out to me. As she says, “Memoirs at their most conventional are stories of overcoming, … personal problems to be taken care of by personal evolution and resolve. That a lot of men wanted and still want to harm women, especially young women, that a lot of people relished that harm, and a lot more dismissed it, impacted me in profoundly personal ways but the cure for it wasn’t personal.” ( )
1 stem rivkat | Dec 7, 2020 |
More a series of spot-on proclamations than a memoir, this book of essays features vividly stunning sentences and truths about the physical dangers of being a woman in a world where violence by men is a constant threat. It begins with Solnit's move, at 19, to the Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, a primarily African American community pre-gentrification, and ends with her growing reputation as a feminist in her notorious polemic "Men Explain Things To Me."

Quotes: "What if you're swimming through water all your life and there is no dry land in sight?"

“A dead female body was a standard plot device. For the intended audience, it was apparently erotic.”

“It was a collective gaslighting, to live in a war that no one around me would acknowledge as a war.”

“We cannot imagine what an earth without this ordinary, ubiquitous damage would look like, but I suspect it would be dazzingly alive and that a joyous confidence now rare would be common.”

“Do you have faith that where you stand is your place? Faith that you matter? If so, you reside in a place that doesn't exist for the rest of us, and it's not where the overconfident who take up too much space and take space away from others reside.”

“The mountain is beautiful in the distance and steep when you're on it.”

"How do you make art when the art that's all around you keeps telling you to shut up and do the dishes?"

“Kerouac's On The Road was going to go on without people like me, and I was going to go on without it.”

“Does the fact that not all men are awful outweigh the reality that some are in ways that impact most women?”

“Being around gay men liberated me, because liberation is contagious.”

“What troubled and frustrated me in straight men was not innate to the gender but built into the role.”

“You can't assume that what you're doing matters. But you also can't declare failure immediately, because consequences are not always direct or immediate or obvious, and the indirect consequences matter.”

“Disagreement can be useful even when its intention is adversarial. Half my muses have been haters.”

“In women, listening was our natural state and obligation, and holding forth was the right of men, that it is her job to let his sense of self expand as hers shrivels.”

“The existing order rested on the right and capacity of men to be in charge.”

“People aren't really meant to be anything, because we're not made; we're born, with some innate tendencies, and thereafter molded, thwarted, scalded, encouraged by events and encounters.” ( )
1 stem froxgirl | Nov 1, 2020 |
Very inspiring story of the author's time spent in San Francisco when she was just beginning her career. This was during the early gentrification of Black neighborhoods, and reminds me of the years I spent in Austin TX watching it grow from a liberal college town into a high-tech center. I enjoy reading all of Rebecca Solnit's works because of her intelligent and feminist mentality. ( )
  kerryp | Jul 4, 2020 |
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"In this memoir, celebrated author, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit relates how she found her voice as a writer and as a feminist during the 1980s in San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. Then in her early twenties, Solnit tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city, which became her great teacher; of the small apartment she found, which became a home in which to metamorphosize; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. Solnit explores the way some men attempted to erase her, to shut her up, keep her out and challenge her credibility, as well as contemplating other kinds of nonexistence of groups for gender, ethnicity, and orientation. Her book ends with what liberated her as a person and as a writer--books themselves, the gay men and community who presented a new model of what else gender, family, and celebration could be, and her awakening to the spacious landscapes of the American west, which taught her how to write in the way she has ever since. Recollections of My Nonexistence connects Solnit's hugely popular polemical feminist writings of the last decade with the more lyrical, personal writing of her beloved earlier books A Field Guide to Getting Lost and The Faraway Nearby. This book is for everyone who has endured erasure and dismissal while coming of age in male-dominated spaces"--

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